ECUADOR MORE COMMITTED THAN EVER TO PRESERVING THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS Ministry of Tourism Outlines Measures Aimed at Protecting Galapagos’ Natural and Cultural Heritage QUITO, Ecuador – July 04th, 2007 – Following the recent addition of the Galapagos Islands to the list of World Heritage Sites endangered by the UNESCO, […]

San Cristobal Airport Re-Opening

The San Cristobal airport in the Galapagos Islands is now scheduled (tentatively) to re-open on August 18th, 2007. The airport, located on San Cristobal Island in the southern part of the archipelago, has been under renovation since Spring this year. While the airport is closed, all flights use the Baltra aiport and Galapagos cruise itineraries […]

Choquequirao: Machu Picchu's Sacred Sister

Best-Kept Secret Destination: Choquequirao It may not be a secret for too long, but Choquequirao is a true hidden gem of the Inca Empire. Just like Machu Picchu, the Choquequirao ruins make-up an ancient, extensive site perched high in the Andes. The site is nicknamed “Machu Picchu’s Sacred Sister” because of their similar layout and […]

Galapagos Multisport Adventure SPECIAL DEAL

Special Galapagos Deal!!! July is one of the busiest time in the Galapagos Islands and most travelers find themselves scrambling for trips. Fortunately, Detour has a great last-minute deal on one of our most popular trip: the Galapagos Multisport Adventure. No matter your group size, you will get the Galapagos Multisport Adventure (7-Day) at our […]

Inca Trail Permit Availability

UPDATE: For the lastest in Inca Trail Permit Availability, click here: Inca Trail Permits. This page was created 4/23/08 and is updated frequently. Important Notice! Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is great adventures that many travelers dream to take-on. While planning your trip, make sure that you can get your Inca Trail permits […]

Biking the World's Highest Active Volcano

If the idea of mountain biking down an active volcano sounds like a great way to get your adrenaline pumping, you should plan a trip to Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador. The centerpiece of this park is the perfectly shaped volcano, Cotopaxi, daring bikers to take on its amazing height. The volcano is located just […]

Diving in the Galapagos Islands

No traveler to the Galapagos Islands should bypass an oppotunity to explore the stunning world found underwater. In the right season, snorkeling is a very popular activity and the scuba diving is spectacular for experienced divers. Bright coral, playful sea lions, and brilliantly colored schools of fish are the usual fare. At various locations around […]

Apu Salkantay: The Backdoor to Machu Picchu

If you’ve been trying to book a trek this summer on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you may have been disappointed to find that permits are sold out until August. But there’s good news for all you hopeful trekkers. The famous Inca Trail is only one of thousands of Inca Trails, many of […]

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this Summer

UPDATE 4/24/08: See the latest on Inca Trail Permit availability here: Before planning your trip to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you need to know about the Inca Trail permitting system. A few years ago, the Peru government established a permitting system for the famous Inca Trail, so that the trail and […]

New Visitor Control Card for Tourists in Galapagos

New Visitor control card for tourists on Galapagos Tours In order to have better control of visitors and migration to the islands, INGALA, the Ecuadorian institution that controls migration to the islands, announced during the Dec 14 2006 session, the introduction of a new visitor control card in Galapagos. Every passenger traveling to the islands […]

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Detour, The Adventure Travel Marketplace, customers can save 10% on outdoor clothing and equipment needed for their trips at Customers who purchase international adventure trips from Detour can now save money on the clothing and equipment they need for their travels with 10% off at, the leading online retailer of outdoor equipment and […]

Patagonia's Torres del Paine and EcoCamp

Patagonia is more than just an outdoor clothing company! It is a magical land at the bottom of the world, made up of the southern portions of both Argentina and Chile. Cascada Expediciones, a world-class Chilean company that specializes in sustainable adventures throughout Chile and Argentina, offers fantastic trekking and wildlife adventures in Patagonia through […]

Incredible Art Exhibit in Quito until Dec 15th

“Three Great Masters of Spain” is the name of the exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Catholic University of Ecuador’s capital. 339 works by Francisco de Goya, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, including engravings, lithography, sculpture and ceramic corresponding to various periods of the three artists will be on display in Quito until December […]

Detour's Newest Destination: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and more in Tanzania

Detour, The Adventure Travel Marketplace is pleased to announce its newest travel destination: Tanzania, including climbs of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and walking and driving safaris in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with cultural visits with the Maasai and other local indigenous groups. Although an amazing destination, Detour had no plans to list any trips in Africa […]

Glacier! by Emily Weissleder

Although it’s tough to play favorites with all the gorgeous sights I saw in Chilean Patagonia, nothing can compare to the first time I saw Grey Glacier. The Glacier is in Torres del Paine National Park and is part of the Patagonian Southern Ice Field. It can be seen from miles away on a clear […]

Pura Vida! A journey to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula, home of Central America’s largest remaining chunk of old-growth coastal rainforest in Corcovado National Park, is not like the rest of Costa Rica. Here, trees grow bigger than resorts, amenities are primitive, and roads are few and boat docks even fewer. In the Osa, nature is in charge. My wife, Hayley, and […]